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on the beat, they're the ones who have to deal with it. mayors in cities like new york and elsewhere have participated in things like gun buybacks where you offer people a little bit of money it encourages them to bring in their guns. you have about as many guns as people. programs like this or other ones, have to find a way to just get some of the stock that's out there off the streets and either destroy it or get it back in the law-breaking -- nonlawbreaking hands. >> eliot: the 300 million number is obviously the one that is the center of the debate. do gun buybacks, do it alone stop and frisk which is sometimes a topic of substantial conversation from the civil rights perspective. these are critical ways to recover guns but if every gun you get off the streets that an illegal gun can prevent a crime. do we need to put $5 billion into gun buybacks that will do more for safety in our streets than anything else the way australia did, not that number but proportionately. is that something we should say to the federal gov
on entitlement reform. writer for the "washington post," ruth marcus and "new york times" washington chief david leonhardt. thank you for joining me tonight. another mishe'ding statement from mitch mcconnell utter right from the floor of the senate. that's next. smartest comics i could find. my comedian friends and i will raise money to rebuild homes and lives one laugh at a time. so tune in next friday for my all star comedy special. >> together we can get new yorkers back to yelling at strangers and ignoring our friends. >> eliot: i've said it before. factors matter. you've heard me say it many times right here on this show facts matter. yet time and again you see cable news hosts fudging the facts in order to make a point or worse politicians skirting or completely ignoring the facts in order to advance their argument. so here on "viewpoint" we'll show you the lie and then tell you the facts. and we'll start with this gem from thursday when senate minority leader mitch mcconnell took to the floor of the senate to further perpetuate a myth about the debt ceiling. while discussing a bill th
fog the "washington post," and "new york times" washington bureau chief david leanhardt. thank you for joining me.: is this a strategic ploy for the republican party to remain strategic cohesiveness on this issue. >> no, i don't think it's a strategy. except on the part of the people like senator corker deviating from republican orthodoxy. the republican position has been no new taxes. that's the highest of the theology and first commandment no matter what, thou shalt not raise marginal tax rates. i think it's significant and very positive that some of the saner voices are talking about the prospect of raising top tax rates. it started, and now you have the schisms between bill kristol blast the weekly standard and one hand and the wall street journal editorial page on the other. i think this is going to be a developing story on the republican side. >> eliot: i'm trying to figure out how to carry this theological metaphor. >> it might be better to stop. >> eliot: i'll use another one. will rogers you say the republican party is more like the democratic of yore where there is no ca
organization did this, no one would survive this sort of behavior. >> fox will call "the new york times" biased, but you will never see the editor of the new york times trying to get hillary clinton to run against barack obama. >> you might see michael bloomberg do that, but that's a separate issue. what would happen no the head of a news organization said i'm going to bank roll your political campaign and didn't tell anybody in the public about that? >> this is what roger ails would like to exploit on fox news. the bottom line is that the two parties are not opposite equals. it's not just because the republicans do it, therefore democrats do it. that's just not true. these stories really bring that home. >> we have always believed that there are two separate silos. you have politics and you have those who operate in the political arena and have a journalistic road. this complete merger of the two is somewhat astonishing. >> roger ails has worked for three republican presidents, reagan nixon and george h.w. bush. we know his politics. he said he got out of the politics when he went into t.v. la
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was with you on everything you said except the baseball metaphor. we in new york forget you have a baseball team in washington. a moment transitory time to have a team that can play above .500. did john mccain know about this before it was announced publicly? did white house call him and say okay john, you win this one but we want something back. we're going to give this to you. be gracious but here's what we expect in terms of a b or c? what do you think? >> i have no idea but i doubt it. i think there was a lot of anger and frustration. i happened to be with senator mccain and john udall and barbara mikulski and john barrasso after they did their mugging of susan rice. john was -- knew he had hit at least a double if not a triple in going after her and basically put the white house back on its heels in the way the president responded to their comments. and i think that this -- you know, episode has given john mccain a win and i don't think the white house is going to say okay, we're going to give you what you want, no
with the religious institutions bringing desperately needed resources to new york's hardest hit communities. josh fox chronicles the work of occupy sandy as well as the human terms of climate change in a newly released short documentary. >> a breezy point an entire neighborhood burned to the ground deposited here in a parking lot of the peach. mattresses, sides of houses, everything one could find each small pile representing a person or a family. a tiny sliver of the american dream left on the scrap heap. >> they've been predicting a storm this big would change the coast line for a long time. we just never saw it. now we have. i think people will start thinking more seriously about it. >> eliot: josh fox joins me now. thank you for being here and this poignant documentary you've created. >> thank you for having me. i was sitting at home in my brooklyn studio, and i had to walk over ten blocks to the church at 520 clinton to see what occupy sandy was doing. i was blown away by their efforts. tens of thousands of ordinary new yorkers, volunteering and bringing in hundreds of thousands of dollars worth
if we don't take deeper action. i know it requires dialogue i know as your mayor of new york city indicated restrictions on guns and i have an understanding that we can bring the nra along on this with universal background checks and with respect to assault clips that's the only way you can refer to the magazines that people are able to carry. they have no value in hunting. when terrorists are able to get a gun. when people on a terrorist list are able to get a gun, come on, there are common steps that we can take as a congress and of course the mental health issues. bobby scott of virginia has an incredible bill talking about the violence and the president was also circumspect about this. it wasn't just the kids in new newtown, and you know this, governor, with all the great cities across new york and my great city and the youth violence that takes place almost daily because of gang and drug wars, and the senseless use of the actions where innocent children of victims are caught in cross fires. this has got to stop. every parent is crying out enough. >> eliot: congressman, i beli
and served in the center of the economic world for years. he is currently a contributor to "the new york times" and best selling author of the "benefit and burden." tax reform, why we need it and what it will take. was the notion that cutting marge national rates was essential to stimulating economic activity, do you still hold that belief and how would you apply your current tax policies in the dilemma to the economic dilemmas we face today? >> i still agree with everything ronald reagan did. it was a good idea to drop the top rate from 70% to 50%. i think getting it down to 35 is ok but i don't think it's going to hurt the economy if we go back up to 39.6%. fred smith the chairman of federal express said so today. he used to be a member of the bother of the cato institute. this whole idea that there's a line in the sand that republicans have drawn is ridiculous. we need different policies under different circumstances and right now, we don't need more rate cuts. >> it sounds to me like your against absolutively. that a higher rate will dissuade people from investing isn't necessarily i
francisco or new york city, it might seem like $250,000 or $300,000 is not very much but listen, in terms of the nation as a whole the median wage is around $50,000. the median family income is close to $58,000. i mean anybody earning over $250,000 is very wealthy in terms of the country as a whole. if you push it up to $400,000, those people between $250,000 and $400,000 are not going to have any tax increase at all. if you push it up above $400,000 toward the $1 million mark, speaker boehner is putting out there, you know, you're going to have a very relatively small tax increase in terms of the number of people affected, very little revenues will be raised relative to what otherwise could be raised. >> eliot: in return for this threshold that's too high, as you just stated, the president is putting social security and medicare on the table. let's begin with social security which we have said over and over. it is simply unrelated to our deficit problem. why is it even on the table? >> should be on the table. social
to prevent the nation's debt from continuing to be used by republicans to hold the economy hostage new york congressman jerry nadler along with three democratic colleagues have a bold idea, eliminate the debt ceiling completely. congressman nadler joins me now. congressman, explain this. how can you just eliminate the ceiling? make sense of this to us. >> the ceiling is completely superfluous. some people think that eliminating the debt ceiling means you borrow more money. it is not true. you borrow money based on decisions that were made a year or two or three years ago in the budget. the budget defines how much money you're going to raise what tax rates will be, how much you're going to spend and so forth. what the debt ceiling says is unless you raise the debt ceiling, you can't pay the bills. perhaps you shouldn't have incurred the bills but you did. we cannot have the full faith and credit of the united states go up in smoke. we cannot have the united states not pay its bills. that would totally destroy the econo
viscerates the capacity of workers to form and collect. >> new york is one of the bastia bastians of organized labor. when you were governor, when i was governor, we would negotiate with the unions to get the concessions and savings necessary. they were the people on the ground who could best identify where the savings were. that's true as well in the auto industry. they trumpet the number of jobs they have created in 2010, but ironically the vast majority of those jobs are automotive jobs and they came because of the concessions that the union put in place to make it competitive. it's a heart breaking week for those of us who know the history and know the potential of unions to be the force for good. >> eliot: you spoke to many executives over your years as governor and said what will it take to invest more capital in this state. ask they say if you become a right to work state? is that what they talked about? >> well, there were some who said i'm going to go to alabama because it is a right to work state. that is true. but there were a lot of them, and fact the auto industry app
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